Scriabin

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The Curious Soundworld of Alexander Scriabin
The music of Alexander Scriabin inhabits a distinctive, personal soundworld which is hard to define. It is the music of excess, ecstasy, tumult and passion. It is excessive, overripe, decadent, heavily perfumed, sensuous and frenzied, lacking in structure and sometimes
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Alexander Scriabin: Preludes, Etudes & Sonates nos. 4 & 5
Poeme tragique Op.34 From Alexander Scriabin: Preludes, Etudes & Sonates nos. 4 & 5 (2018) Released by Harmonia Mundi Scriabin: Poeme tragique Op.34Scriabin occupies a place apart in the history of Russian music: refusing influences from the folkloric tradition, his
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Scriabin’s Prometheus and his Religious & Artistic Beliefs
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) believed that art was separated from reality and existed as a pure form. Having deep faith in theosophy and perceiving himself as the Divine in the world, he was also influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of Übermensch
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Unsung Concertos
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20
During his lifetime, Scriabin was primarily known as a pianist, with Igor Stravinsky marveling at his phenomenal playing. Yet Scriabin also had the uncanny talent of making enemies, including his composition teachers. Sergei Taneyev was not impressed, and Anton Arensky
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Scriabin’s Color Symbolism in Music
In my last article I discussed Čiurlionis’ genius, single-handedly introducing Symbolism to his native Lithuania. Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) in contrast, lived and worked within well-established artistic traditions in Russia, in which the various avant-garde movements in music and art from
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Scriabin made me do it!
The power of music is just awesome! Trumpets shattered the walls of Jericho, and when Orpheus tenderly tickled his lute, his dead wife Euridice returned to life. Given such enormous powers, you better be careful because listening to music can
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Alexander Scriabin
Agonies and Ecstasy! What happens when new neural connections within your brain break down the boundaries that normally exist between the senses? For one, hearing a particular musical note might cause you to see a particular color, or you may
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The Taste and Color of Music
Alexander Scriabin
There is a fine line between genius and madness. Given the current zeal for psychoanalyzing dead composers, Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) would seem to be a perfect subject. He showed serious mental instability during the early stages of his life, and
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